The Literary Vampire (Part Two) for Vampire Week, Final Day Ten — The Best Vampire Book of the Century; A Cautionary Valentines Day Lagniappe Closes Out the Vampire Bite Blog Hop

Since this, the last day of our special ten-day Vampire Week, is also Valentines day, I’ll end with a short cautionary poem.  But first let’s go back to Day Six and its link to the “finalists” for the Horror Writers Association/Bram Stoker Family Estate sponsored Vampire Novel of the Century Award.  Are all bets in?  Would readers care for a little more time — we will recall that Anne Rice’s INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (which by jury rules stood for the Lestat series in toto, Burne-Jones-le-Vampireremembering also that the main criterion is the influence a book or series has had on vampire and horror literature as a whole) came in second, to which I will add it did get one first place vote?  It is a question that I can personally say was taken quite seriously by those making the choice, all (with the possible exception of me ;-)) respected as experts in the field of horror, with the ultimate “winner” being chosen as first by three of the five panelists, second by the other two (with one saying afterward that it was really a tie with the one he put first), and the only one of the final six novels to be in the top three of all five jurors.

So the winner is (drum roll please) . . . to be found in the entry for April 2 2012, a report on the 2012 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City (“at the Mountains of Madness”) where it was announced.  The key phrase to use is “On Vampires, Poetry, and Goth Belly Dance.”

And then from the sublime, a lagniappe of caution for Valentines Day as well as to close out Jolie Du Pre’s wonderful Vampire Bite Blog Hop (and click on its name here or else the Lady in the Nightie above to go to others who’re posting today!).  We’ve gone through ten days of vampiric aspects, in art, in music, in story, in legend, but suave and sexy as some vampires may be, that doesn’t mean necessarily that one should want to date one.  Thus the poem below, written earlier this month and published here for the first time, to remember when meeting that tall, dark stranger — you know, the one with the especially well-flossed teeth:



love may be forever
but when vampires plight their troth
heart’s blood lasts one night


Or, as I put it as writer of the introduction to TELLING TALES OF TERROR:  ESSAYS ON WRITING HORROR AND DARK FICTION (Ed. Kim Richards, Damnation Books, 2012, cf. January 7, et al. — and in which I also quote from the essay I cited in yesterday’s entry, the part you had to click on the link to Naomi Clark’s site to read):

“[D]on’t kiss the vampire and expect things to end well.”


  1. What a fun week! Thanks for participating in the Vampire Bite Blog Hop. Also, I hope your vampire week brought in some new vampire fans!!

  2. Thank you, I had a ball! Though I think the blog may take a couple of days to rest now, unless something comes up.

  3. Happy to see you on the hop! Good luck with your books!

  4. Angelica, thanks! I’m happy to find myself in such good company!

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